Chris-Craft invited us to the unveiling of the all new Launch 36 at a press conference at the Miami International Boat Show at 2:00 pm on Thursday, February 13th. The Launch 36 was not only the newest and largest addition to the Launch line-up for Chris-Craft, but Chairman Stephen Julius and President Steve Heese spoke to how this boat is a new concept for the brand.
The Launch 36 is primarily a large day boat, with overnight facilities, designed for having fun on the water, with a range of toys and water sports for family and friends. The new model is designed with a full walk around deck to access the forward seating and a full sized bow sun bed. As you make your way to the aft cockpit, owners can enjoy a full open air galley, and large U-shaped seat, with a large retractable table that easily converts to a second, large aft sun bed. Below deck, there are berths for five people, a full sized head and a separate shower.
The new model is equipped with built-in storage for a variety of sports equipment such as snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, fishing, bicycling, wakeboarding, and tubing.
"This is the boat I have always wanted to build for my family. People have lost sight of what it means to play on the water and this boat is really a toy boat for all" commented Stephen Julius, Chairman of Chris-Craft Corporation.
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Story By Mark Stevens • Photographs by Sharon Matthews-Stevens
Morning. Thompson Island on Lake Superior. Fourteen nautical miles out of Thunder Bay.
This begins on Day Two because we cast off yesterday and conditions precluded time spent below deck with my nose buried in “Frodo’s” logbook: co-operative winds, scenery that could make a politician cry, waves decorating cobalt waters that glittered like jewels in a crown.
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Great performance in a versatile, modern design
For the Canadian Yachting readers who are not yet familiar with Beneteau’s broad range of power boat models, the Gran Turismo 35 may come as a bit of a surprise. Our test boat is a head-on competitor to the North American built express cruisers and the latest day boats that are coming on the market.
The GT35 has the style and amenities to match the best new designs in it’s size range, the stern drive power to deliver exhilarating high speed performance plus, it still adds in an overtone of Euro style.
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Like many other harbours on Lake Ontario, Cobourg has seen its fair share of changes. Screams used to be heard from kids piled into a toboggan on wheels that went hurtling down a wooden slide into the harbour. Above it all was the bustling din from the waterfront of ship’s whistles, train engines, foghorns and thundering coal cars. It is now a rather serene place for the locals and visitors to enjoy various watercraft. Fortunately, the beautiful beach that lines the waterfront is still a star attraction for the town.
Located 95 kilometres east of Toronto and 62 kilometres east of Oshawa on the north edge of Lake Ontario, United Empire Loyalists first starting arriving in the area as early as the 1780s. The first settlement in 1798 was called Buckville, later renamed Amherst, then called Hamilton (after the township) and also nicknamed Hardscrabble. It wasn’t until 1819 that they finally settled on the name of Cobourg, which was incorporated as a town in 1837. In the late 1820s large schooners with passengers and cargo had to anchor well off shore, as there was only a landing wharf. A group of Toronto businessmen formed the Cobourg Harbour Company which built the wooden Eastern Pier from tolls charged for the use of the harbour.
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Oh sure…boaters love to go boating, but some also like to, you guessed it: stroll. One of the great things about boating the north shore of Lake Ontario is pulling into Cobourg Harbour to tie up for a visit and walk about town in a leisurely or idle manner. Boat strollers are easily picked out around town, sporting Sperry Top-Siders that are a little worn out, sunglasses held on by a Croakie or duct tape, burgee embroidered canvas tote bags, clothes that are a little crumpled and a displaying a few days’ worth of facial hair.
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